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Dec. 28, 2011 - Jan. 3, 2012

‘FPL: Your Economic Development Engine’ Featuring Pamela Rauch, Corporate VP Development & External Affairs BY BARI AUERBACH

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alk about generating success! FPL and its parent company, NextEra Energy, recently hosted an Aventura Marketing Council Chairman’s Roundtable luncheon uniting business and community leaders for the enlightening event at Christine Lee’s at Gulfstream Park. AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman joined by AMC board member Aletha Player, FPL’s Miami-Dade manager of external affairs, helped greet guests and welcome keynote speaker Pamela Rauch, FPL’s Corporate Vice President of Development & External Affairs. Rauch explained, “FPL is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy. We’re one of the country’s leading, clean energy companies; the second-largest producer of electricity; and also the second-largest investor of capital in the country. FPL’s sister company, NextEra Energy Resources, is the U.S. leader in renewable generation, operating in 26 states and Canada. “FPL serves 35 counties and 200 cities providing customers with electricity that is low cost, reliable and clean. In the last three years, we’ve constructed 30 solar facilities in Florida, producing over 3,500 jobs. In 2010 alone, FPL invested more

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LEFT: Pam Rauch, FPL; Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson; North Miami Beach Mayor George Vallejo; Aletha Player, VP, FPL

BELOW RIGHT: Bob Hollander, Brown & Brown Insurance; Aventura Comm. Teri Holzberg and Vice Mayor Billy Joel

BELOW LEFT: Harriet Robkin, 1st United Bank, networking with other Roundtable members


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Dec. 28, 2011 - Jan. 3, 2012

Around Town in Aventura Aventura Hospital & Medical Center hosts Aventura Marketing Council Board Meeting

Fernando Levy Hara, mckafka Development Group and Heather Rohan, CEO, Aventura Hospital & Medical Center

Michael Shear, Wells Fargo Advisors; Dan Palmer, Aventura News

Mercantil Commercebank gives back to the community this holiday

Andrew Waxman, VP, Branch Manager; Martha Cavanna, VP, Asst. Branch Manager; Carlos Mendez, Personal Banker

This holiday season, Mercantil Commercebank in association with “Feeding South Florida,” gave back to the community by donating canned foods and (packaged) nonperishable items, as well as unwrapped toys to needy children, the working poor, those physically or mentally challenged, single mothers,homeless individuals and families, senior citizens and people living with HIV/AIDS.

For more information, call 305-521-4912 or visit mercantilcb.com

Northern Trust Aventura welcomes Odalis Sanchez-Carter Kevin Shacter, Managing Director of The Northern Trust Company's Aventura office, recently welcomed in Odalis J. Sanchez-Carter as their new Banking Services Manager. SanchezCarter, a Second Vice-President, has been with Northern Trust for 19 years and came to Aventura from the Doral office. Shacter and SanchezCarter served on the Host Committee for the recent ADL Aventura Community Respect Awards in keeping with Northern Trust's history of community involvement.

Rotary Club of Hallandale BeachAventura and Krop Sr. High hold food drive

(L to R) Dr. David Muransky, Past President /Membership Director / Interact Advisor; Gina Rossman, Co-President of Michael Krop Sr. High; President Keith Schuitt

Gina Rossman of Michael Krop Sr. High and the Rotary Club of Hallandale Beach – Aventura recently held a food drive for the needy. WinnDixie in the Promenade Shops of Aventura also contributed a generous donation of food baskets and gift certificates. The Rotary Club meets every Wednesday, 12:15 p.m. at Brio in The Village at Gulfstream Park. For more information about the Rotary Club of Hallandale Beach-Aventura, contact Dr. David Muransky at 305-937-3700.


Dec. 28, 2011 - Jan. 3, 2012

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Wandering & Pondering The Future

They were always in touch with each other through the phone, facebook, texts and all the other ways of this generation and technology. When he was through with Bob and Martha found each other at col- his basic training they got together for a lege. Both had come from other states and weekend which was quite romantic but the found that they could relate to each other. leaving afterwards was a bit tought. In fact, they decided to be together for the She had found a job in her field while last year of their schooling ’helping each working on her degree. He was other get excellent grades till doing well in his Air Force traintheir graduation. When they tried ing although he had been already to figure out what they were sent to two different stations. All going to do with their lives, they of a sudden it seemed that somefelt that no matter what direction how a bit of distance was showthat took them, everything would ing up. Fewer calls, fewer texts. be done together because in their She returned to her home city minds they were a duo. closer to her family. He was The direction they were taking being transferred here or there. DAN PALMER after school though looked to be in They decided that they had to the form of a minor separation. She wanted get together to renew their love for each to go for her masters at a school down state other. It happened on a weekend in what and he decided that he wanted to join the Air was a spot between where each lived now. Force. He had joined the Air force training The weekend was a physical success but program at school and felt that was what he they suddenly found themselves unable to wanted to follow up on; it meant a bit of a talk about what they wanted together. As separation at the beginning but with the love each was about to go away, they both felt a they had for each other, they felt that a bit of tremendous sadness. They knew this was a separation could be overcome by the the last time for them because just like that, strength of their feelings for each other. they had grown up.

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Dec. 28, 2011 - Jan. 3, 2012

‘FPL: Your Economic Development Engine’

Rony Joseph, Platinum Group Security; Charlene Welker, Mount Sinai Medical Center; Ben Launerts, Parksman Parking

Aletha Player, FPL; Aventura City Clerk Teresa and City Manager Eric Soroka; Pam Rauch, FPL

Kevin Shacter, Northern Trust; Lawrence Muscant and Rick Turk, Greater Miami Jewish Federation; Jeff Levinson, Sabadell United Bank

FPL, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– than $2.5 billion in Florida; employed 11,000 people; and over $800 million was sourced with Florida businesses. We’re also the largest taxpayer in all the counties we serve. “Our typical residential customer bills are the lowest among Florida’s 55 electric utilities - and we plan to keep bills lower in the future by investing over $11 billion in major capital projects including new highefficiency, combined-cycle natural gas generation; increased zeroemissions nuclear capacity; and more intelligent automated infrastructure features.” Generating even greater success, FPL has a new Office of Economic Development created to help attract new businesses to the state; and now, discounted electric rates are available to new or expanding

businesses. For more information, visit poweringflorida.com Closing on a bright note, Rauch said, “FPL is committed to giving back and being your community partner. We provide nonprofit and home energy makeovers; set up solar education stations; conduct teacher workshops; and contribute to worthy causes. Last year alone, FPL donated over $1 million to United Way of Miami-Dade. “FPL’s ‘New Year’s resolution’ is to continue implementing capital investments and economic development initiatives to keep customers’ bills low and ensure 2012 is the best year yet for the community and the state.”

For more information about FPL in Miami-Dade, phone: 305-4428770 or visit fpl.com

Lauren Schulman, AIPAC and AMC Chair Cliff Schulman, Weiss Serota Helfman, celebrate his surprise birthday party


Dec. 28, 2011 - Jan. 3, 2012

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Time to take the test

Patricia C. Frank FRANKLY SPEAKING There is a test that you should take every now and then to make sure you and your life are on the right track. There is nothing worse than having an “ah ha” moment when it is too late to change or fix something. “Ah ha” becomes “Oh no”. It is important to live your life with clarity and insight. Insight is the ability to understand hidden truths. It is the ability to perceive things in a sensitive manner. Insight can illuminate the past and it can prepare you for and propel you into the future. Anticipating the future is very important to make the most of the present. If you anticipate something then you can deal with the situation before it happens. You can preempt and intercept something. Anticipating allows you to prepare for what is coming. Here is the test. Write the answers to these questions; I am

I need I want I have I did I like ( about myself) what I am proud of in my life . I will (what I will do in the future.) Ask yourself, “What would I do if I knew I was dying almost immediately? What have I accomplished while I was here? What have I contributed? How have I made the world a better place by my presence? Did I make a difference? What will be my legacy? How will I be remembered? Did I take enough time to enjoy and appreciate the beauty and joys of life? Understandably, many people will not want to take this test. It is thought– provoking and perhaps anxiety–producing. It is certainly appropriate at the beginning of the New Year. But, it should not be limited to once a year. This test will give you clarity, truth, perception and perspective. It will give you the opportunity to see, understand and change things in your life and make them different or better. Hopefully, it will enlighten, empower and inspire you. Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864, 212-308-0309.

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Dec. 28, 2011 - Jan. 3, 2012

Healthcare 2.0: Aventura Hospital and Medical Center merges medicine with technology In our personal and professional lives, technology has helped us connect across thousands of miles in an instant, and this is no different in the healthcare field. At the forefront of this constantly growing and changing relationship between medicine and technology is Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. “The technological industry has always pioneered new paths in healthcare, whether it’s platforms for faster communication or leading edge products that drastically shorten recovery time,” said Heather Rohan, CEO of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. “We constantly try to find new ways to provide our patients with excellent care, and we are always vetting new ideas that blend science fiction with medical reality.” In addition to giving patients the access to email and surf the internet while recovering, Aventura Hospital boasts a host of leading edge equipment and programs: CPOE – Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) is one great advancement in technology that improves the quality of healthcare. CPOE is a data entry system that allows doctors to connect instantly with labs, pharmacies, and other health departments. The test results are processed faster and more accurately and a patient’s medical history is accessed quickly to crosscheck for dangerous interactions of medications. Radiofrequency Tracking – Important equipment through-

out the facility are outfitted with small radio frequency badge that receives information to track movement from one location to another. This tag allows the hospital to better allocate resources, quickly turnover clean rooms and provide more efficient and timely patient care. Elekta Synergy® S System – The Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center is the first and only facility in South Florida using the Elekta Synergy®S System in its radiation treatment arsenal. The system has integrated 3D imaging that enables clinicians to obtain cone beam CT images of patients just before treatment. This capability allows physicians to visualize tumors at the point of treatment, offering

more precise targeting of tumors with radiation beam. Super Dimension – The superDimension i·Logic™ System uses Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy® (ENB)™ to reach lesions deep in the lungs in a minimally invasive process. Using this system enables our physicians to find and diagnose lesion in the lung earlier, leading to quicker treatment and better outcomes. Vitals Now – Vitals Now is an innovative, costeffective solution that provides real-time flow of vital signs from the bedside into the current patient monitoring system and record. The second-by-second update of vital signs increases communication on the coordination of care and greatly improves patient safety. Airstrip – Coming soon to Aventura Hospital, this revolutionary new technology will allow physicians to access patient vitals while the ambulance is in transit to the hospital, shaving crucial time off assessment and saving lives. The system monitors heart rhythms and sends the information in realtime to the ER where a physician can assess and diagnose the patient before they even leave the ambulance. As Aventura Hospital and Medical Center continues to strive for excellence in healthcare, technology will be a strong component of providing better patient experiences and outcomes. For more information, call 305-682-7000 or visit AventuraHospital.com


Dec. 28, 2011 - Jan. 3, 2012

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‘Resolutions’

Bari Auerbach LIFE IN THE CITY “Happy New Year??” I suppose it could be if we decide to keep at least some proactive New Year’s resolutions for more than just the first few weeks of 2012… Coffee Resolution: Just when you resolve to stop being a regular at Starbucks - a study reveals coffee contributes more antioxidants to the diet linked to fighting heart disease and cancer than cranberries, apples or tomatoes. You might have thought about switching to decaf - up until another study showed decaf may cause an increase in harmful LDL cholesterol. If you really don’t care “a hill of beans” what the studies say, just resolve to get your Starbucks gold card so you can accumulate lots of points for free drinks! Debt Resolution: Just when you resolve to start leaving home without your “overswiped” credit card – you spend enough to earn the honor of having your limit raised.

Never Pay Another Expensive Repair Again Everyone knows what credit card debt can cost in interest alone – but the chance to get a great post-holiday bargain? That’s priceless! Healthy Resolution: Whole Foods Market is sure to be even busier after the first of the year when everyone who made a resolution to eat healthier packs the aisles. But wait...Last time you were there, weren’t the aisles already so crowded you could barely navigate through the produce section to get a small bag of grapes priced as much as a fine bottle of wine?? Love Life Resolution: Just when you resolve to make more of an effort to meet Mr. or Ms. Right in 2012, what happens? You invest a significant sum to join one of those “It’s Just Brunch” dating services and quickly realize “Lose Your Lunch” would be a much more apropos name… The only saving grace could be the loss of appetite winds up helping you keep your “lose ten pounds” resolution. ‘Just Keep It!’ While you’re ringing in the New Year, if anyone asks, “What’s your resolution?” you could suggest the universal New Year’s resolution should simply be: “Resolving to keep the ones we make!”

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Dec. 28, 2011 - Jan. 3, 2012

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‘FPL: Your Economic Development Engine’

Aletha Player, FPL; Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb; Pam Rauch, FPL

Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper and AMC Chair Cliff Schulman, Weiss Serota Helfman

Ran Oz, CooLAM Dance Productions, sings “Hero” in honor of Cliff Schulman’s birthday

Michael Shear, Wells Fargo Advisors and North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre Kathryn Anderson, The Donoway Center; Dan Palmer, Aventura News; Dr. Robert Donoway, The Donoway Center for Cancer Treatment and Prevention

Denise Rubin and Tina Gaffney, Prudential FL Realty

Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson and Aletha Player Pam Rauch

Arnold Goldman, The Alternative Board; Janie Guirola, America Service Industries; Jimmy Gonzalez, Association Services of FL Aventura Comm. Michael Stern, Stern Bloom Media; Julia Yarbough; Stacey Schrager, Indigo Events James Edwartoski, Vi at Aventura; Mark Gerstle, Gerstle, Rosen & Goldenberg, CPA’s; Alan Neufeld, Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, P.A.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW GOLDSTEIN


Dec. 28, 2011 - Jan. 3, 2012

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Cleopatra and Beauty BY DR. JAIME ROSENZWEIG, M.D. MCleopatra may have been on to something. Aside from being tauted for her intelligence and beauty, she was also medically ahead of her time. She soaked in goat’s milk baths nightly to keep her skin glowing. Unbeknownst to her, she was actually giving herself a lactic acid treatment: a pre-modern day chemical peel. A chemical peel is a solution applied to the skin which causes rapid exfoliation and improves the overall appearance of the skin. Chemical peels help promote collagen, improve age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne. Like Cleopatra’s panacea, many of the chemical peels today contain acids that are originally found in foods and fruits. These acids help remove the dead cell layers on the skin surface, revealing fresh new skin lying beneath. Chemical peels are applied to the skin after it has been cleansed and degreased.

The application is fairly quick and there is minimal discomfort, but there may be a mild stinging or heat sensation. The skin may feel taught or appear slightly red the day following the application. The skin will begin peeling 2-3 days after the solution is applied. Typically, the skin will peel for 3 days. The whole process will usually be complete in 1 week. It is extremely important to protect your skin for at least 2 weeks following the peel with sunblock. Chemical peels have been used for centuries and have withstood the test of time. Chemical peels are a fantastic way to rejuvenate the skin with little downtime yielding refreshed, renewed, and glowing results that you can see! (*There are many sites that will sell chemical peels to you over the internet. It is not recommended to perform chemical peels on yourself, because there can be serious, adverse reactions. It is advisable to see an experience health care provider). Dr. Rosenzweig can be reached at: 1707 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale Beach, Fl 33009. (954)4584533

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Dec. 28, 2011 - Jan. 3, 2012

Give the gift of a college education Ask Wells Fargo Advisors how BY BARI AUERBACH This holiday season, children and grandchildren can unwrap one of the greatest gifts with lasting impact: A college education from smart parents and grandparents learning how Wells Fargo Advisors helps families take advantage of flexible, tax-advantaged ways to save and invest for education expenses. “College costs are skyrocketing, so it’s never too early to start thinking about college funding alternatives such as custodial accounts, educational IRAs and 529 plans – now one of the most popular ways of investing for college,” said Michael Shear, a Managing Director-Investments in the Wells Fargo Advisors’ Aventura branch. “Choosing a 529 plan for college funding is beneficial in terms of tax advantages, flexibility, ease of use and maintenance,” Shear explains. “529 plan assets will likely be accepted at thousands of eligible schools nationwide, including undergrad, graduate, post-grad, and even vocational or trade schools.” 1Key benefits distinguishing 529 plans include: • There are no federal taxes when earnings are used for qualified expenses2 • Anyone can make contributions, regardless of their income and payments can be tailored to

advisors providing investment services such as portfolio management, advisory and business services, estate investment planning, retirement planning and investment products. For more information about the Wells Fargo Advisors Aventura branch, 19950 West Country Club Drive, phone: 305-935-3800.

individual budgets • Substantial contribution amounts allowed may result in significant estate-planning benefits3 “There are many 529 plan choices,” Shear said. “Wells Fargo Advisors can help you select the one that best fits your needs. Whether col-

lege is years away - or right around the corner, ‘investing today for their education tomorrow’ is the greatest gift you can give that will last a lifetime.” Close to home in Aventura, people of all ages can benefit from guidance provided by Wells Fargo Advisors’ team of over 40 experienced financial

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Member SIPC, is a registered broker-dealer and a separate non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. 1Schools must be eligible to participate in federal student financial aid programs. 2The availability of such tax or other benefits may be conditioned on meeting certain requirements. 3Wells Fargo Advisors is not a tax or legal advisor. Please consult with your tax or legal advisor regarding specific estate planning benefits you may qualify for. You should consider a 529 plan’s investment objectives, risks, chaa rges and expenses carefully before investing. The plan’s official statement, which contains this and d other important information, should be read carefully before investing. Keep in mind that the investt ment return and principal value of the investment options in a 529 plan will fluctuate such that youu r shares, when r edeemed, may be worth more or less than your original investment.

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Dec. 28, 2011 - Jan. 3, 2012

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Peace On Earth; Good Will Toward Men!

Rev. Wil Keyser RELIGION During this time of year we constantly hear all of the ‘cliches’ about Christmas. Merry Christmas; I’m dreaming of a white Christmas; Happy holidays, and on and on. Yet there is one phrase that is repeated constantly in error, ‘Peace on earth; Good will toward men!’ That is only part of the expression used by the great company of the heavenly hosts, the angels, to the shepherds out in the fields on the night of Jesus’ birth. That is usually what happens when something very special is over-used. It becomes common place and shortened to make it more convenient for easy conversation. The original statement from the angels read like this: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.” That is a far cry from ‘peace on earth good will to men.’ What has happened to down-grade what the angels said? Their first and foremost emphasis was to praise God for what He had just done for mankind. The One who is the Savior of men was born moments before the announcement to the shepherds. That part of the expression is blatantly missing from today’s greetings. The second part of their emphasis was based on the fact that peace in the hearts of men was now available. But that peace came with a restiction. Notice it says: ‘Peace to men on whom God’s favor rests.’ Those who have not made peace with God will find that there is no peace for them because his favor does not rest upon them. The Scriptures give us at least four accounts of people, men and a woman in particular, on whom God’s favor rested. It is recorded that Noah walked in the ways of God, a righteous man, and he found

favor in the eyes of God. (Genesis 6:8) Gideon was the military hero and spiritual leader who delivered Israel from the oppression of the Midianites. At one point he asked the Lord: ‘If I have found favor in your eyes give me a sign that it is really You speaking to me?’ In response the Lord said to him: ‘Peace! Do not be afraid.’ God’s peace was upon Gideon because he trusted completely in God. (Judges 6:17,23) Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God: You, Lord, have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with Me. My presence will go with you and I will give you peace.” (Exodus 32:11, 33:12) Mary, the mother of Jesus, was visited by an angel before she was married to Joseph. The angel said to her: ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.’ She was troubled by his words but the angel told her: ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son , and you are to give him the name Jesus.’ Mary responded:’ I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you have said.’ (Luke 1:28-38) We can conclude from those records that God’s peace rests upon those who truly trust Him, walk in His ways, have a relationship with God so that He knows you by name, and be willing to carry out God’s plan even when it means completely changing our plans. Rather than use the ‘cliche’ as so many do, make it your purpose to give glory to God in the highest for sending to earth the only One who could bring peace to us and be certain that you, individually, have found favor in the eyes of the Lord so that His peace can rest upon you. My wife, Claudia, and I trust that this will be a Christmas when you realize the peace of God upon you because you have found favor in His eyes. Rev. Keyser is the Pastoral Director of The Quiet Place 305 931 4823 During this time of year we constantly hear all of the ‘cliches’

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Pet Tips Brought to You by Pet Supermarket

Holiday Dangers for Your Dog The holiday season is a time for visiting family, enjoying special meals and giving gifts to human and canine friends. But holiday food and décor can also pose extra dangers for your dog. Avoid a trip to the veterinarian by following these tips. Holiday dangers: • Holiday food can be harmful to dogs. Don't overindulge Fido with turkey skin, ham fat or other fatty foods, which could lead to stomach upset and pancreatitis.Turkey bones can puncture intestines and should be avoided as well. • Reduce temptation for your dog. Avoid leaving food on an unsupervised table and keep a secure lid on the garbage can full of scraps. • Some holiday plants cause toxicity or upset stomachs. Keep Poinsettias, holly, mistletoe and hibiscus out of reach • Got a box of chocolates? Keep them away from your dog. Dark chocolate is especially harmful. • Sugarless candy with Xylitol is also very toxic for

dogs and can cause liver failure. • Don't leave gifts that might include candy under the tree or on a bed. • Never give your dog beverages with alcohol, which could cause respiratory and cardiac distress. • Keep lit menorahs and holiday candles out of reach. • Water in a Christmas tree stand can have harmful preservatives, pine needles and bacteria. • Holiday decorations, including ornaments, tinsel, garland, lights and other small items can pose choking or electrical hazards. A houseful of visitors, loud noises and extra food can all cause a stressful situation for your doggie. Give him quiet space if he needs it and follow these tips for a safe and enjoyable holiday. Just don't forget to tell grandpa to ignore the begging doggy eyes under the table. This holiday give your dog healthy treats and interactive toys from Pet Supermarket.

Keeping Your Cat off the Christmas Tree It can be quite a challenge to keep a Christmas tree upright when you have a cat swatting at ornaments or jumping on branches. But it's possible to keep your tree free of "clinging cat" ornaments. Use these tips for a cat-friendly holiday tree. • First, get a cat repellent spray like Keep Off. Using it around the tree will keep your cat from getting too close. Make sure the spray is for indoor use. • Consider getting an artificial tree. Real Christmas trees can bring hazards into your home, including toxic sap, sharp pine needles and harmful preservatives in the tree water. • If you get a real tree, put it up and leave undecorated for a couple of days. This will give kitty a chance to get used to the tree and accept it. • Secure the tree so it doesn't tip over. Anchor the top to the ceiling with fishing line.

• Lighting and other string-like objects are attractive to cats. Consider leaving them off. Otherwise, use sparingly and twist the cords around branches tightly. • Garland, tinsel or icicles can cause choking and intestinal blockage if swallowed by a kitty. • Artificial snow is toxic to your cat. • Avoid hanging breakable ornaments on lower branches. Plastic ornaments or homemade decorations are safer there. • Careful with ribbons on gifts placed under the tree. They're attractive to your kitty and can be harmful if ingested. To distract your cat from the tempting tree, give her an early Christmas gift. A new catnip toy, interactive toy or scratching post is sure to keep her busy. Look for all the cat distractions you'll need at your nearest Pet Supermarket.


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Mount Sinai Medical Center welcomes Nirat Beohar, M.D. Mount Sinai Medical Center has appointed Nirat Beohar, M.D., director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Mount Sinai Heart Institute and the Columbia University Division of Cardiology at Mount Sinai in Miami Beach. He is also medical director of the hospital’s Structural Heart Disease Program, and Program Director of the interventional cardiology training program. Dr. Beohar has devoted his career to the use and development of catheter-based therapies for the treatment of heart disease; he completed his fellowship in interventional cardiology at the Feinberg Medical School and a cardiology fellowship at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He also was a visiting fellow at the Laboratory of Molecular Cardiology at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and completed post graduate training in internal medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Board certified in interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology, CT angiography and cardiology, Dr. Beohar is also an associate professor at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University.

Prior to joining Mount Sinai-Columbia, he was an interventional cardiologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and associate professor of medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He was also the director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at the Veterans Administration Lakeside Hospital in Chicago. With broad repertoire of catheter-based therapies, Dr. Beohar has extensive expertise in implanting catheter-delivered heart aortic valves and is an expert in treating complex coronary conditions, such as left main and multivessel disease, as well as chronic total occlusions. He also has expertise with devices to close atrial septal defects, PFOs, and other intracardiac shunts. Additionally, he has had experience with percutaneous therapies for peripheral vascular disease. Dr. Beohar has had considerable experience with translational and clinical research and has published extensively in major medical journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Circulation, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). For more information visit msmc.com

Dec. 28, 2011 - Jan. 3, 2012

BankUnited offers Aventura businesses new loan options Since the beginning of this year, Miami loans, BankUnited offers streamlined comLakes-based BankUnited has grown to mercial loan services. BankUnited’s Express become the largest South Florida-chartered Credit business loan features a simplified onebank, as well as lead the FDIC list of most page loan application that is typically decided profitable banks in Florida and earn a five- upon in one to two business days. Business checking account customers also star rating from Bauer Financial in its first may consider a revolving line of credevaluation since the bank was it to obtain funds to maintain working established. capital, smooth cash flow, offset With an Aventura receivables or purchase inventory. Waterways branch at 21155 For business owners seeking to Biscayne Boulevard and a secpurchase equipment, make capital ond location at 19125 improvements or undergo expanBiscayne Boulevard, sion, BankUnited offers installment BankUnited is committed to loans starting from $10,000. Fixed growing as Aventura grows by monthly payments can extend from helping businesses through a one to seven years. variety of commercial loan BankUnited business credit cards programs. Lisa Mooney, give owners and entrepreneurs flex“BankUnited is on track to VP, Branch Manager ible options for travel and other have an annualized loan growth rate of 180 percent this year with the business expenses and feature comprehenmajority in commercial loans,” said sive statements for reconcilement. Serving businesses and consumers in 14 BankUnited Chairman, President and CEO John Kanas. “Our experienced lending teams Florida counties, BankUnited (NYSE: BKU) has are in Aventura to build a relationship with more than 90 branches in the state and has plans the business owner, by not only finding the to open six more before the end of the year. right fit for the owner’s individualized needs, but also continuing to be there for the owner For more information visit throughout the life of the loan.” BankUnited.com or call the Aventura In addition to small business administration Waterways branch at (305) 931-2170.

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Dodge Charger SRT8 balances power and performance Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS The Dodge Charger SRT8 was a hot seller last year for the resurgent automaker, so it is no surprise that it returns to the performance car market in 2012, but with several improvements for even better performance and more power for the popular four-door fastback coupe. New for 2012 is a 470 hp 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 with 45 more horses and 50 more pounds-feet torque across a wider rpm range. There’s also new exhaust system technology for improved fuel efficiency, new paddle shifters on the steering wheel and adaptive damping suspension for better handling and driver control. The new 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 clocks 0-60 mph in the high four-second range; notches a quarter mile in just under 13 seconds; 0100 mph in less than 16 seconds, and tops out at 175 mph. And, oh yeah, it will brake to a stop from 60 mph in a remarkable 120 feet. Even with the extra power, Dodge engineers have been able to coax an extra 21 per-

cent in fuel economy (up to 23 mpg) on the highway with the addition of a new active valve exhaust system that allows the standard Fuel Saver Technology (four-cylinder mode) to engage over a wider rpm range for improved efficiency or the use of all eight cylinders when the extra power is needed. The new active valve exhaust system also allows for straight through mid and rear mufflers for a really cool throaty exhaust note. The 2012 Charger SRT8 has an active intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing to provide maximum low-end torque, including an additional 80 pounds-feet of torque at 2,900 rpm for jack rabbit standing starts, while optimizing high-end power. The five-speed automatic transmission may be operated manually by new steering wheelmounted paddle shifters that join the center console mounted Auto Stick. Both provide the ability to manually select specific gears. A standard adaptive damping suspension (ADS) system is new for 2012 and tuned specifically for the Charger SRT8. The ADS system uses a wide range of on-road and driver inputs, such as vehicle speed, steering angle, steering speed, brake torque, throttle position and lateral acceleration to automatically tune the suspension for specific conditions. When drivers manually choose

Dodge Charger SRT8 four-door fastback coupe has high-gloss black grille and a new performance-sculpted hood with a black engine air exhauster. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

between the “Auto” and “Sport” settings, the shock damping characteristics are quickly changed from an everyday performance ride to a much firmer racetrack capable damping for more challenging driving situations. As for looks, there is no mistaking the high performance Charger SRT8 with its highgloss black front grille, grille surround, Dodge crosshair, signature SRT badge and the HEMI badges on each fender. A new per-

formance-sculpted hood has a black air exhauster for added engine cooling. Base price on the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 is $46,660. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.

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Memorial Hospital West, Memorial Hospital Pembroke among Nation’s ‘Top Performers on Key Quality Measures’

Two Memorial Healthcare System hospitals – Memorial Hospital West and Memorial Hospital Pembroke – have earned national recognition as Top Performers on Key Quality Measures from The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States. “To be ranked among the nation’s top performers is an honor that reflects Memorial’s dedication to delivering outstanding medical care in a patient- and family-centered environment,” says Frank V. Sacco, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Healthcare System. “We are extremely proud of this accomplishment.” This is the first year for the program, and the 2011 list is based on 2010 accountability measure data reported about evidencebased clinical processes that are shown to be the best treatments for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma. The 405 hospitals on the list represent the top 14 percent of the more than 3,000 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that reported data. To be recognized, an organi-

zation must meet two 95 percent performance thresholds. First, they must achieve a composite performance of 95 percent or above in the results of all the accountability measures for which they report data. Second, they must meet or exceed a 95 percent performance target for every accountability measure for which they report data. Memorial Hospital West and Memorial Hospital Pembroke were acknowledged for achieving 95 percent performance thresholds in four adult measures: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. “Today, the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and The Joint Commission is shining a light on the top-performing hospitals such as Memorial Hospital West and Memorial Hospital Pembroke that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care,” says Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, President, The Joint Commission.

For information, visit memorialwest.com and or memorialpembroke.com

Vi Aventura sponsors Bereavement Group Vi Aventura, a luxury continuing care retirement community will be offering a six week support group for seniors who have recently lost a spouse. This free support group will begin at the end of January 2012, led by Marjorie Aloni, Community Relations Manager and LSW. Call 305-692-4501 to reserve your spot now. RSVP’s required by Jan. 3. Vi Aventura is located at 19333 West Country Club Drive in Aventura.

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Sell your condo at auction? It just may be your best option

RayPrinciotta

Each method produces results that compare with, and in many cases, exceed traditional brokerage methods. The properties are sold AS-IS with no contingencies, and can include all furnishings if desired. With an Auction, you set the date your property will sell. An Auction generates excitement by sending a clear message that you, the seller, are serious and highly motivated. Remember, motivated doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean desperate. It means that you want to sell and move on to the next chapter. We all know the feeling of relief when your property goes into contract â&#x20AC;Ś and the pressure and anxiety when your home lingers on the market. Every passing month you are carrying the property, and if you have already bought a new home, you are carrying two..Ouch! Auctions bring Buyers to the point of decision quickly. In preparation for the Auction, the Bidders must bring a Cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Check in order to bid; and the winning Bidder must make a deposit of 10% of the contract price at the signing of the contract. This significant earnest money deposit means the property is far more likely to close. Another major difference between an

ON REAL ESTATE Once a popular selling method in California, non-distressed Residential Auctions are showing up here in Florida. The recent Auction Sale of two Golden Beach mansions sold in tandem set the local real estate market talking. The sellers decided to auction their properties at an Absolute Auction, which means the properties would be sold to the highest bidder regardless of price. The two properties sold for $12.4 million...the sale was fast, fair and satisfying to all concerned. If you are interested in selling your real estate at auction, you will need to work with an auctioneer who is a licensed Florida real estate broker. Based on your situation, there are various types of Auctions, the most popular are Absolute, Reserve, and Minimum Bid. Also, there are both Live and Online Auctions as well a hybrid Live and Remote, which is used to facilitate bidders from around the world.

auction and a traditional brokerage sale is there is no inspection period after the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Purchase and Sale agreement is signed by the Buyer and Seller. Prospective Bidders conduct their due diligence inspections before the auction. So the day of the auction, everybody is set and ready to deal. Live â&#x20AC;&#x153;On-Siteâ&#x20AC;? Auctions create spirited bidding, producing higher sale prices. The Auction will quickly bring the true market price. (The True Market price is the price a buyer is willing to pay for the property on that day.) As you can see, there are proâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and conâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to selling your home at Auction. Built in to the Auction experience is the Buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expectation that they will get something at a low price. This may or may not happen. Promoting and advertising the Auction through Target Marketing increases the visibility of the property. A larger audience sees the property and more potential bidders attend the Auction, on-site or on-line. For the Seller, the speed of the Auction is a major advantage. The home will sell

very quickly and the sale will be completed more rapidly than selling through the traditional methods. The waiting and worrying come to a quick conclusion. If you want to or need to sell in a set period of time, an auction may be your best option. Ray Princiotta is a licensed Florida real estate broker. If you have any questions, contact me - ray@rayonrealestate.com.

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From a Masquerade Ball to dinner at Celebrity Chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak restaurant, Turnberry Isle Miami is unmasking a night full of decadence to ring in the New Year. Enjoy your choice of a number of spectacular celebrations. And when it’s time to retreat to bed, stay the night on the resort’s New Year’s Eve Traditions package.

Celebrity Chef Michael Mina’s BOURBON STEAK restaurant. Threecourse/first-seating beginning at 6 p.m. is $95, Six-course/second-seating starting at 9 p.m. is $245; plus tax and gratuity. Complimentary glass of champagne each, live band and party favors included. Reservations are required by calling 786-279-6600.

MASQUERADE BALL During this whimsical celebration, delight in gourmet selections from a lavish reception. Then enjoy a sit-down dinner, dancing. Festivities also include an eightpiece band, balloon drop and a champagne toast at midnight, plus unlimited specialty wines and cocktails. From 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom at Turnberry Isle ($250 per person, plus tax and gratuity). Black-tie attire. Reservations are required by calling 305-933-6590. Cancellations must be made at least 72 hours in advance.

RECOVERY BUFFET AT CASCATA GRILLE After a late night of jubilation, the delicious buffet at Cascata Grille is sure to hit the spot. From 12 to 3 p.m. $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Sunday, Jan. 1. Reservations are required by calling 786279-6800.

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The resort’s New Year’s Eve Traditions package includes accommodations in a spacious Turnberry Room, two tickets to the Masquerade Ball, and breakfast for two on New Year’s Day at Cascata Grille. To learn more/reservations, call 1-866-612-7739 or visit turnberryislemiami.com. Turnberry Isle Miami is located at 19999 West Country Club Drive in Aventura.


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Dr. Frederick Knoll: Training dentists to ‘make the world smile’ BY BARI AUERBACH When Dr. Frederick Knoll isn’t at his North Miami Beach dental practice helping patients of all ages attain more beautiful, healthy smiles, he devotes a great deal of time to training the next generation of dentists enrolled in a Hialeahbased University of Florida post graduate program for which he serves as Director of Fixed Prosthodontics. “Most people associate UF with Gators and Gainesville – but the UF College of Dentistry’s Hialeah Dental Clinic actually opened in 1997 offering an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program for mostly internationally educated dentists,” Dr. Knoll explains. Averaging 200 patients per week, the Hialeah Dental Clinic offers comprehensive oral care to children, adults and senior citizens. Dental residents enrolled in the UF program are actively engaged in all phases of dentistry including “prosthodontics” – one of Dr. Knoll’s specialties. A prosthodontist is a dental specialist skilled in the replacement of missing teeth and restoration of natural teeth; and trained to

deal with restorations of the whole mouth, as well as treating facial deformities. “During dental school, my experience as a lab technician gave me a unique understanding and skill for restorative dentistry,” said Dr. Knoll – renowned for being trusted by patients and respected by doctors. “Today, I find it extremely rewarding to pass this advanced training on to ‘the future’s best dentists.’” Striking before and after photos displayed in his North Miami Beach office and the fact that thousands of “Knoll smiles” include patients and many other dentists who travel all the way from other states and countries for comprehensive care highlight Dr. Knoll’s ongoing proactive mission to “make the world smile!” Dr. Frederick Knoll’s North Miami Beach office is located at 951 Northeast 167th Street. St. 208. For more information or to schedule an appointment, phone: 305-651-0139 or visit knolldds.com. To learn more about the UF Hialeah Dental Clinic and Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program, phone: 305-6945400 or follow the link: dental.ufl.edu/offices/admissions/grad/programs_Advanced_Education_General_Dentistr y_Hialeah.php

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Chai Lifeline brings smiles one slice at a time For the children of Chai Lifeline Southeast, pizza and entertainers were a perfect early Chanukah combination. The Sunday, December 11 party was organized by Chai Lifeline Southeast and volunteers from K-Space. Accompanied by their new volunteer BFFs, children were entranced by the antics of ventriloquist, Avy Sherman. They listened intently to stories retold by Ahuva Epstein before enjoying pizza, soda and yummy refreshments. For many children, the highlight of the afternoon was a visit to the “Toy Store,” where each chose a gift to take home for Chanukah. Parents appreciated the time to relax and network with new and old friends. “My child had the most fabulous time,” said one enthusiastic mother. “Any escape

from his daily routine of doctors and hospitals is such a huge gift.”

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‘Quotes of the year’ COMPILED BY BARI AUERBACH As we all look forward to 2012, it’s time to take a look back at some of 2011’s most memorable quotes from Aventura Marketing Council meetings featuring business and community leaders as well as special guest speakers who were fascinating, motivating and inspirational. “I’m fully committed to getting county government back on track…Restoring trust in Miami-Dade government can’t be done simply by words – we’re going to do it by deeds proving ‘they do what they say they’re going to do.’” Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez hosted by City of Sunny Isles Beach. “AT&T has launched a program with Junior Achievement called ‘Aspire’ offering job-shadowing events for students who can still be convinced to stay in school and finish with at least a high school degree. It was once said, ‘Young people are only 25 percent of the population but they’re 100 percent of your future.’” Marshall M. Criser, III, President, AT&T Florida “You have a right to trial by jury, to confront your accusers in open court and to see the evidence against you. In this country, our courts are the great leveler where all men are created equal.” Marcia Cooke, U.S. District Court Judge at North Dade Justice Center’s Law Day event. “‘Kudos’ to Aventura’s forward-thinking City Manager and City Commission for having the vision to create the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center as a catalyst for growth.” Sonia Green, Broward Center Vice President. “You’ve taken a dream from words to actions with this wonderful Anchors Away Foundation...In the process of participating, we glorify and honor the defenseless and invisible in our communities… Because of programs like this, literally and figuratively. they get to be ‘in the sun’” Alberto Carvalho, M-DCPS Superintendent at 5th Anchors Away launch. “As leaders, it starts with you – so don’t lead a debriefing with ‘we.’ It begins

with ‘I’ – I made this mistake during an execution and I can get better.” Author Matthew ‘Whiz’ Buckley hosted by Nutriway. “When you hire a Guard and Reserve person, you’re getting somebody who has been tested under stressful conditions; shows initiative; is dependable and disciplined; has an innate sense of responsibility; will be drug-free, physically fit and willing to work.” James G. Rebholz, National Committee for Department and Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve hosted by Memorial Regional Hospital South and Warren Henry Auto Group. “International business - we only see it growing and South Florida is a fine example of that…Today, the trend is all about ‘going global.’” Ian McCluskey, CEO Thought Leadership International hosted by The McKafka Group.. “A lot of good partnerships and effective strategies have brought violent crime down and our public corruption unit is one of the most aggressive in the state…We want to stand proud and be a wonderful beacon for the rest of the world to see called: Miami-Dade County.” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle hosted by Bnai Zion Foundation and Holistic Health Care Miami. “Ten years ago we were attacked and some of our buildings may have crumbled – but our foundation, our very core as Americans will continue to survive.” Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb at 9/11 Remembrance.

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Dining Out PAQUITO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT Orale! Come enjoy mixed flavors, colorful decorations, and variety of spices and ingredients, many of which are native to the country. Paquito’s Mexican Restaurant offers specialty drinks, one of a kind ‘cocina creations’ that will put you in the heart of Mexico, and lunch specials that will be sure to please your appetite. Adults can enjoy Happy Hour specials and Karaoke Nights. Paquito’s also offers events and private parties as well as catering. 16265 Biscayne Boulevard 305-947-5027 P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO At P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, you’ll enjoy American Chinese cuisine from a menu originally conceived and planned by Chef Philip Chiang. P. F. Chang’s is one of a few restaurant chains that offer a dedicated menu to diners that must follow a strict gluten-free diet. Come experience their newest wine program as they went “green” with the creation of VINEYARD 518, a new custom wine label with earth-friendly packaging. 17455 Biscayne Boulevard 305-957-1966 KITCHEN 305 Kitchen 305, located in the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort, it “is an exciting and unique dining experience that showcases distinctive gastronomic Americaneclectic fare at its best.” Featuring live music, Chef special prix-fixe or a la carte menu, and a weekly lineup of events. 16701 Collins Avenue 305-749-2110 TEXAS DE BRAZIL Bringing a true taste of Brazil to America, Texas de Brazil is well known for their elegant style, lively atmosphere, and exquisite cuts of meats. Begin the dining experience with a Brazilian favorite, Caipirinha cocktail, followed by endless choices of salad items, and fresh meat carved at your table side, finished with one of their delicious desserts. 800 Silk Run 954-843-7600 TIMO RESTAURANT Located in the heart of Florida’s Riviera, Sunny Isles Beach, Timo’s Italian-Mediterranean inspired cuisine, attentive, seamless service and a timeless, contemporary dining room, is the perfect place for a quick bite, an

intimate meal, or a fun meeting place to gather with family friends. Timo offers an exquisite menu with a strong emphasis on local fish, homemade pastas and brick oven pizza using only the highest quality and freshest ingredients available. 17624 Collins Avenue 305-936-1008 THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY The Grill on the Alley captures the ambiance of dinner clubs of the 1940’s, taking diners back to Rat Pack days. The knowledgeable, friendly staff will guide you through the 500-plus wine offerings and extensive menu featuring Kobe Beef, USDA Prime Steaks, fresh seafood and American classics. 19501 Biscayne Blvd 305-466-7196 www.thegrill.com. BAR ROSSO Socialize by the Glass at Bar Rosso, Aventura’s newest neighborhood hotspot, where food, friends, and fun come together daily. This restaurant and Vinoteca offers upscale Italian fare with a Modern American twist and more than 100 varieties of wine by the glass, or more specifically the pour-a 3-ounce piccolo or a 9-ounce quartino. Dine at cozy tables for two, communal tables for 20, or al fresco in “The Park,” Bar Rosso’s special outdoor area. 19004 Ne 29th Avenue 305-933-3418 ACQUO 124 Acquolina (Italian for mouth watering) was created to provide guests an elegant, casual dining setting with excellent service and authentic Italian food. Guest can choose to dine at the bar, enjoy a meal on their gorgeous waterfront patio, or gather with family and friends in the main dining room. They promise you will always be treated like family. 124 S. Federal Hwy 954-454-2410 www.italianrestaurantweston.com COPPER CHIMNEY INDIAN CUISINE Copper Chimney embraces the various influences of Indian cuisine alongside the country’s culture and traditions. Each dish contains numerous spice combinations and truly reflects the depth of Indian cuisine. Guests are able to enjoy a modern upscale atmosphere while pleasing their palates with authentic Indian flavors. 18090 Collins Avenue 305-974-0075


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305-256-3002 The law office of Dennis R. Haber P.A. has been providing legal services to our community for over 25 years, however this information is of a general nature and is not intended to answer any individual’s legal questions. Do not rely on information presented herein to address your individual legal concerns. If you have a legal questions, you should consult an attorney experienced in that area of the law. Moreover, the hiring of an attorney is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you hire an attorney, you should request information about attorney’s qualifications and experiences.

In addition, Cort prepares and executes estate plans for individuals and families. He counsels clients on asset protection planning, succession planning, gift tax planning and generation-skipping transfer tax. He also assists with probate administration. An AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, Cort has been recognized as a top attorney in prominent legal guides, including the South Florida Bar Journal, Florida Trend “Legal Elite” and Who’s Who in American Law. He is actively involved in the community, serving as a member of the Ft. Lauderdale City Economic Development Advisory Board, the Community Foundation of Broward’s Professional Advisors Council, the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, the Aventura Marketing Council and the Broward County Unit of the American Cancer Society.

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Is the animation art industry ready to bring out the pig to stutter his final “Th-th-that’s All Folks!,” as the pundits would have us believe? Herb and Gloria Barker, owners of Barker Animation Art Gallery, live with a passionate confidence in the importance of the art of animation and its enduring quality, and would heartily disagree. They have witnessed a growing appreciation for animated films and TV shows lately, which has spurred the animation art market to ever higher levels, creating a demand not only for the original production art, but for related artwork in the form of limited edition series and

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South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) and Chamber South present the Band of the United States Air Force Reserve Concert Band in a free performance on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at 8 p.m. sponsored in part by TD Bank. The public may obtain a voucher to exchange for up to four tickets per person. For information on vouchers contact the SMDCAC Box Office at 786-5735300 or visit online at <www.smdcac.org>. This 43-piece concert band is the largest and most versatile unit of the Band of the United States Air Force Reserve, with a varied repertoire that ranges from classical overtures through Sousa marches to Broadway show tunes, popular music, movie themes and patriotic favorites. The concert band has performed at various locations throughout the United States and the world. The band has toured Russia twice, making historic appearances in Moscow (1992) and St. Petersburg (1995). With the Southeastern United States as its primary touring area, the concert band frequently performs for packed houses in Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. The group has performed with such

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At least EU politicians are trying to resolve their dilemma R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY The European Union doesn’t have a central government with authority over its sovereign nations. The union is made up of 27 independent countries that all have the right to create their own budgets, run their own deficits if they so wish, and to finance the cost of running their own countries through the sale of government bonds. So, the European Union is responsible for the overall financial stability of the group of nations as a whole, but has no authority to control the monetary affairs of the individual nations. Quite a dilemma! The United States, by contrast, is one sovereign nation that has one central government with full control over its spending, taxation and decision-making authority. While both Europe and the United States have major financial crises at hand, we in America are in a far better position to control and resolve our financial dilemma. To further complicate Europe’s situation,

the independent nations have totally different outlooks on how each nation should handle its financial affairs. The northern European nations, such as Germany, have a very strict, self-disciplined outlook — live seriously, stay within a national budget and spend only what they have in the bank, so to speak. In the south, Italians and Greeks, for example, tend to live a more relaxed life and look to government to take care of the problems. With all these problems the European Union is responsible for the welfare of Europe, yet cannot interfere in the affairs of the individual governments. It finds itself having to resolve the dilemma with the financial strength of one nation bailing out another. Heads of state, from Germany, France, Greece, Spain and the balance of the European Common Market, all with different opinions on a potential resolution, have been meeting constantly, developing one plan after another in anticipation of bringing the crisis to a resolution. The various nations’ approaches to a resolution are far more diverse than the differences between Democrats and Republicans in this country. However, acknowledging their different political ideologies, the

European countries have put their differences aside and are attacking the problem in a united manner. Contrast this, if you will, with the politicians running the U.S. where the survival and future prosperity of a political party is deemed far more important than the future of our nation and the survival of the men and women that have elected them to office to protect our nation. A select group of 12 Senate and House members representing both Democrats and Republicans were assigned the task of creating a blueprint of a plan to reduce the national budget by $1.2 trillion. They were given a timeframe to come to a resolution. If they did not create an acceptable plan, an automatic reduction in spending would go into effect with a formula that is arbitrary in nature and does not give consideration to the needs of individual groups and the general condition of the nation. Yet this select group of elected officials, representing both sides of the political spectrum, could agree only on the fact that they could not come to an agreement. The hell with the needs of our country — our two political parties couldn’t put their own partisan interests aside and focus on our nation’s future.

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Community to ‘Come Together’ in fight against hunger, Jan. 12 BY DURÉE ROSS

Members of the South Florida community are invited to join the fight against hunger and attend Feeding South Florida’s (formerly Daily Bread Food Bank) “Come Together” evening event on Jan. 12, 2012. 7-10 p.m., at The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 NW 27 St. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Feeding South Florida is hosting the soiree that will feature food, spirits, incredible artwork, live entertainment, some of South Florida’s top chefs, and more. Proceeds/sponsorships will benefit Feeding South Florida, a notfor-profit organization that feeds South Florida’s hungry in order to improve their lives. Individuals and corporations are Feeding South Florida’s main sources of financial support. For every dollar donated, seven lifesaving pounds of food and grocery items are provided. Event sponsorships are available ranging from $25,000 (175,000 pounds sponsor) to $1,000 (7,000 pounds sponsor). Additional packages and sponsorship opportunities may be tailored to specific individual, corporate and community objectives. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Any and all donations are welcomed and needed. Attendees should dress for the “Come Together” event however they feel comfortable — from jeans to tuxedos. “Come Together” event chairs are Maria R. Millares, president of the board of directors for Feeding South Florida; Chef Allen Susser, one of South Florida’s top chefs, and Terry Zarikian of China Grill Management and New York’s City Harvest.

Current event sponsors are JM Family and Millares & Company; in-kind sponsors are The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, VSBrooks Advertising, Panache Party Rentals, Le Basque, Bacardi, Southern Wine & Spirits and Shutter Box Photo Booth. Also participating in “Come Together” are some of the South Florida’s top restaurants including China Grill, Asia de Cuba, Egg & Dart, City Hall, Mercadito, Ortanique on the Mile, Chef Allen, D Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean, Scarpetta, The Forge, La Palme D’Or Restaurant at the Biltmore, Makoto, 1500° at Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach and Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering. Feeding South Florida’s mission is to feed South Florida’s hungry in order to improve their lives. It does this by distributing food and groceries through its network of not-for-profit organizations, educating the public about the issue, and engaging our community in the fight to end hunger. In South Florida alone, 936,000 individuals are food insecure; 36 percent of those served are children. Feeding South Florida provides approximately 29 million pounds of food annually to over 700 agencies throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. Recently, Feeding South Florida’s agencies are reporting a 39 percent increase in the demand for food services, due to the current economic climate. Individual tickets are $125 per person. RSVP are required. To RSVP and/or for sponsorship information, contact Jessica Diaz at 1-954-518-1839 or send email to <Jdiaz@feedingsouthflorida.org> or visit <www.feedingsouthflorida.org>.


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UM Entrepreneurship Center attends White House meeting BY CATHARINE SKIPP

In an early December gathering at the White House, the Startup America Partnership convened its all-entrepreneur board and announced $475 million in new committed resources to help startups scale, pushing the total value of its partner offerings to over $1.2 billion. The latest round of partner commitments are a direct response to specific requests made by the nearly 2,000 Startup America firms that already have registered with the Partnership since the release of its platform in September. Dr. Susan Amat, executive director of The Launch Pad at the University of Miami, represented Startup Florida as a regional co-leader. “Presenting to the administration and the Startup America Board and corporate partners about the activities and opportunities to support entrepreneurs in Florida was an incredible experience,” Amat said. “In taking a leadership role in the state, the reach and resources of The Launch Pad Network will expand to better meet the needs of our students and alumni, and by extension the Florida business community as a whole.” The Launch Pad, a novel entrepreneurship initiative developed at the University of Miami, helps both students and alumni create new enterprises, with a particular focus on the university’s home in South Florida. These aims are achieved by treating entrepreneurship as a mainstream career, a legitimate way to make a living, and by linking young entrepreneurs to regional commercial and community networks. Board members, sponsors, regional leaders and entrepreneurs met to discuss how to best utilize these resources and the Partnership’s platform to help startups grow in order to create jobs throughout the country. Joining the board at the White House were representatives from regional

initiatives, including Startup Florida, Startup Connecticut, Startup Illinois, Startup Massachusetts and Startup Tennessee. “The Startup America Partnership is focused on helping young companies grow because with their success come job creation and a stronger American economy,” said Steve Case, chair of the Startup America Partnership. “Our board members are perfect examples of founders who have succeeded in turning their visions into successful, high-growth ventures that employ hundreds of thousands of people.” According to the Kauffman Foundation, companies less than 5 years old accounted for all of the net job growth in our country between 1980 and 2005. Young firms’ success is often dependent on access to a variety of resources that help them grow. New corporate commitments to the Startup America Partnership support the growth of startups in five key areas: expertise, services, talent, customers and capital. “With our latest round of partners, we’ve continued to build out the offerings that startups have identified as being crucial to their growth,” said Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership. “Every startup in the country should register now to utilize these resources and jumpstart their growth.” Each Startup America Firm has access to a personalized dashboard — their “Growth Kit” — with which they can connect to resources and find the most relevant offerings based on their specific needs, stage of growth, and location. They also have access to an exclusive online community of other founders and startup team members where they can interact with Partnership representatives, share best practices and support their fellow entrepreneurs. For more information on the Partnership, visit online at <www.startupamericapartnership.org>.

Pictured (l-r) are Scott Case, Startup America; Dr. Susan Amat, The Launch Pad; David Lekach, Dreamwater; Steve Case, The Case Foundation; Albert Santalo, CareCloud; Devon Rifkin, The Great American Hanger Company, and John Duffy, 3C Interactive. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


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Miami-Dade Transit seeks part-time bus operators BY KARLA DAMIAN

Miami-Dade Transit is seeking applicants for the position of part-time bus operator. The department will be accepting applications online at <www.miamidade.gov/jobs>, now through Jan. 3, 2012. Those who are selected can earn as they learn. Bus operator trainees earn $14.71 per hour, and continue gaining experience as part-time bus operators. Miami-Dade County benefits will be explained to applicants during orientation. Bus operators also are eligible to apply for other positions within Miami-Dade Transit — offering them career advancement within the largest transit department in Florida and 14th largest in the United States. To be selected, applicants must successfully pass a background screening and physical exam, and must have the following: • A high school diploma or a General Education Diploma (GED); • A photo identification, such as a Florida driver’s license, and

Bus operators also are eligible to apply for other positions within Miami-Dade Transit — offering them career advancement within the largest transit department in Florida and 14th largest in the United States. • Proof of having passed the General Knowledge, Air-Brake and Passenger Transport test sections of the Commercial Driver License (CDL) exam. Those interested in applying for a bus operator position can obtain more information by calling the Miami-Dade County Job Information Hot Line at 305-375JOBS (5627), or by visiting a South Florida Workforce One-Stop Career Center. Those without Internet access at home can visit any Miami-Dade County library where they can use a computer with Internet access to log on to <www.miamidade.gov/jobs> to apply online.


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